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Where To Get The New California Notary Certificates

NNA Hotline Tips For Notaries

Where can I get the new 2015 California compliant acknowledgment forms? — S.M., Redwood City, California

As of January 1, the state of California will require the following consumer notice to be included in a box at the top of acknowledgment, jurat and proof of execution notarial certificates:

“A Notary Public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.”

There are several ways to obtain certificates that have the compliant language. If you are an NNA member, the updated certificates are available immediately at no cost as a member benefit. Just log in to your NNA profile and download the PDFs.

If you are not an NNA member, you may purchase Notary certificates with the 2015-compliant language.

The California Secretary of State’s office will have a PDF of acknowledgements and jurats available for download at no charge. However, the forms are not yet online, and are expected to be available on January 1.

Note that certificates with the updated 2015 wording are compliant with current California law and may be used immediately. For more information, see our Notary Bulletin article, “New Mandatory California Notary Certificate Wording Takes Effect January 1.”

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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Alejandra Gallina

17 Nov 2014

I just passed my notary license exam, when I ordered my exam I paid for the signature book, ink, certificates and bond. I have not yet started notarizing because I am waiting for my background, oath ect. My question is, since their is new language in the certificates for 2015 dose that mean I will not be able to use the certificates I have now? was it money just waisted?

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2014

Hello Alejandra, As of January 1, 2015, California Notaries will be required by law to use the new certificate wording. NNA members may download the new certificates through their member profile. Also, the Secretary of State's office is expected to make a PDF of the new certificate forms available on their site in January.

Traci Smith

17 Nov 2014

I think you meant "compliant" not complaint, in the last paragraph.

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2014

Thanks! We've made the correction.

Jeannette Warren

21 Nov 2014

I too purchased the certificates. Can I order a stamp and just stamp the certificate?

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2014

Hi Jeannette, Sorry, we don't offer a stamp for adding the new CA mandatory wording to existing certificates. However, if you're an NNA member, you can download the new CA certificate wording at The CA Secretary of State's office is also expected to make the new wording available on their website in January.

Kathie Nadzan

10 Dec 2014

Is this change just for Acknowledgements that are attached to a document? What about documents that already have a printed section for the norary process?

National Notary Association

10 Dec 2014

Hello Kathie. The change in California applies to all certificates of acknowledgment, jurat and proof of execution, whether preprinted on a document or as a loose certificate.

11 Dec 2014

Does the new 2015 consumer disclosure affect the form of oath we administer with a jurat, as far as compelling truthfulness?

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2014

No, the procedure for administering oaths, affirmations and jurats in California remains unchanged.

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